Poems from The Lord of the Rings

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Poems from The Lord of the Rings
Publication Information
AuthorJ.R.R. Tolkien
IllustratorAlan Lee

Poems from The Lord of the Rings reproduces the majority of poems, verses and riddles from The Lord of the Rings, together with colour and black & white illustrations by Alan Lee throughout.[1] An expanded edition (hardback in dustwrapper) was published in 2002.[2]

From the publisher

For millions of readers of 'The Lord of the Rings', and for its author J.R.R. Tolkien, the poems and songs which appear in the book are an essential part of its overall magnificence. Trying to furnish England with a mythology he felt it hitherto lacked, and drawing on his own studies of epic poems of the past, including classics such as Beowulf, Tolkien used poetry to add to the magic, mystery and lyricism at the heart of this epic saga.

Bringing together all the poems from the work, this expanded edition demonstrates Tolkien's consummate skill as a poet as well as a storyteller. Set apart from the main body of the text, these poems prove delightful in their own right, with each stanza giving an insight into the creation of Tolkien's parallel universe of Middle-earth.[3]

Publication history and gallery

1994 first edition
1994 first edition  
2002 revised edition
2002 revised edition  

See also